Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’

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What do we remember today on tattoo Tuesday?

July 23, 2013

It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere – warm temperatures go hand in hand with frosty treats.  Although history is somewhat fuzzy on this point, I choose to celebrate July 23 as the day ice cream cones were invented.  Here, from Wiki:

In St. Louis, Missouri during the 1904 Saint Louis Exposition, the Banner Creamery’s owner George Bang was selling ice cream. Allegedly, he ran out of bowls and was given rolled-up waffles to serve it in instead. Others credit Ernest A. Hamwi, a waffle maker at the World Fair, as the first inventor.

Given that today is tattoo Tuesday, here are some ice cream cone tattoos.

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To round out this post, I offer this handwritten recipe for ice cream.  This is from the collection of Thomas Jefferson and is in his hand writing.   The original is in the Library of Congress.  Isn’t that amazing?

jefferson ice cream

I am not going to mention Gucci Mane in this post.

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What am I waffling on about?

August 24, 2012

Just when you pancake it any longer, it’s time to celebrate – National Waffle Day.  On August 24, 1869, the first waffle iron was patented in the U.S. by Cornelius Swarthout.

Some Waffle History from Mr. Breakfast

13th Century A.C. – Ancient Greeks cook flat cakes between two metal plates. These early waffles were called obleios and were primarily savory in nature, prepared with cheeses and herbs.

1620 – The pilgrims bring Dutch “wafles” to America.

1735 – The word “waffle” – with two “f”s – appears in English print for the first time.

Late 1800’s – Thomas Jefferson returns to the U.S. from France with a long handled, patterned waffle iron.

1869 – Cornelius Swarthout patents the first U.S. Waffle Iron.

1953 – Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.

1964-65 – Brussels restaurateur Maurice Vermersch brings his wife’s Brussels Waffle recipe to the World’s Fair in New York. The fluffy yeast-infused waffle becomes a huge hit and becomes known as the Belgium waffle.